Deceased September 24, 2022
Laurence Francis Sheehan, writer, died on Sept. 24, 2022, at his home in Ashfield, Mass.
Larry was born in New Haven, Conn., to Albert Thomas Sheehan and Helen (Doughan) Sheehan. He was the youngest of three sons, later joined by a sister. He majored in English. His was the first creative writing thesis to be accepted in the department. From 1962 to 1965, he served in the U.S. Army’s 766th Intelligence Corps, stationed in France. He and his first wife, Valerie Harms, moved back to the United States, where he worked as an editor at Golf Digest before turning to freelance editing and writing. He published humor pieces, essays and stories in The Atlantic and elsewhere. He wrote and edited books on sports and gardening and co-produced a series of design- and lifestyle-focused titles, beginning with The Sporting Life: A Passion for Hunting and Fishing. Larry’s most recent books include After: A True Story of Love, Loss, Grief, and the Solace of Remembrance—a memoir about his life after the death of his second wife, Carol Sama Sheehan—and Animal Tales: Fables of Fur, Feather, and Fang.
A passionate and inspired gardener and an avid reader, Larry also played tennis, mulled over the merits of Bordeaux and, in general, had fun with friends all his life. Never a snob, Larry was yet a man of great erudition, wisdom and wit, known to make kids, postal workers and all who crossed his path gasp and/or laugh with his perceptive, sometimes biting commentary.
Larry is survived by his children and their families: Aurelie Sheehan (Reed Karaim) and Alex (Pippa) Sheehan; his grandchildren, Alexandra, Lexi, Derrick and Taylor; and his sister, Kathy Baur.